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Schedule 1—Amendments

Schedule 1 Amendments

   

Biosecurity Act 2015

1  After section 541

Insert:

541A   Power to arrange for certain decisions to be made by computer programs

             (1)  The Director of Biosecurity may arrange for the use, under the Director of Biosecurity’s control, of computer programs for any purposes for which a biosecurity officer may or must:

                     (a)  make a decision under a relevant provision of this Act specified in a determination made under subsection (2); or

                     (b)  exercise any power or comply with any obligation related to making a decision referred to in paragraph (a); or

                     (c)  do anything else related to making a decision referred to in paragraph (a), or related to exercising a power or complying with an obligation referred to in paragraph (b).

Note:          For relevant provision , see subsection (9).

             (2)  The Director of Biosecurity may, by legislative instrument, determine:

                     (a)  each relevant provision of this Act under which a decision may be made by the operation of a computer program under an arrangement made under subsection (1); and

                     (b)  the classes of persons that may use a computer program under such an arrangement for any purposes referred to in subsection (1); and

                     (c)  the conditions of that use.

Note:          For variation and revocation of a determination made under this section, see subsection 33(3) of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901 .

             (3)  The Director of Biosecurity must take reasonable steps to ensure that decisions ( electronic decisions ) made by the operation of a computer program under an arrangement made under subsection (1) are consistent with the objects of this Act.

             (4)  The Director of Biosecurity must take reasonable steps to ensure that an electronic decision is based on grounds on the basis of which a biosecurity officer could have made that decision. However, an electronic decision may be made without any state of mind being formed in relation to a matter to which the decision relates.

             (5)  The Director of Biosecurity is taken to have:

                     (a)  made a decision; or

                     (b)  exercised a power or complied with an obligation; or

                     (c)  done something else related to the making of a decision or exercise of a power or compliance with an obligation;

that was made, exercised, complied with or done by the operation of a computer program under an arrangement made under subsection (1), as if the Director of Biosecurity were a biosecurity officer.

             (6)  A decision that the Director of Biosecurity is taken to have made because of subsection (5) is not a decision made by the Director of Biosecurity personally for the purposes of section 576 or 578.

Note:          Sections 576 and 578 deal with review of decisions.

             (7)  A biosecurity officer may make a decision in substitution for an electronic decision if a biosecurity officer is satisfied that:

                     (a)  the electronic decision is not consistent with the objects of this Act; or

                     (b)  another decision is more appropriate in the circumstances.

             (8)  An electronic decision made in relation to a thing is of no effect to the extent that it is inconsistent with an earlier decision (other than an electronic decision) made in relation to the thing by a biosecurity officer or the Director of Biosecurity under this Act.

             (9)  For the purposes of this section, each of the following is a relevant provision of this Act:

                     (a)  subsections 49(4) and (5) (negative pratique);

                     (b)  a provision of Chapter 3 (managing biosecurity risks: goods) (other than section 154, subsection 157(1) or paragraph 162(1)(a));

                     (c)  a provision of Chapter 4 (managing biosecurity risks: conveyances) (other than subsection 192(6), paragraph 218(1)(a) or section 223 or 229);

                     (d)  a provision of Chapter 5 (ballast water and sediment) (other than section 280 or 303);

                     (e)  section 557 (permission to engage in certain conduct);

                      (f)  sections 600 and 602 (withholding goods that are subject to charge);

                     (g)  a provision of an instrument made for the purposes of a provision covered by any of paragraphs (a) to (f) of this subsection.

2  Subsection 542(3) (heading)

After “ Powers ”, insert “ and functions ”.

3  Subsection 542(3)

After “However, a power”, insert “or a function”.

4  Subsection 542(3) (table heading)

After “ Powers ”, insert “ and functions ”.

5  Subsection 542(3) (table, heading to column headed “Power”)

Repeal the heading, substitute:

                P owers and functions

6  Subsection 542(3) (after table item 26)

Insert:

 

26A

To arrange for the use of computer programs for purposes related to making certain decisions under this Act and any other power or function conferred by section 541A

Section 541A

7  Subsection 576(1) (at the end of the note)

Add “A decision that the Director of Biosecurity is taken to have made because of subsection 541A(5) is not a decision made by the Director of Biosecurity personally (see subsection 541A(6)).”.

8  Subsection 578(1) (note)

Omit “Note”, substitute “Note 1”.

9  At the end of subsection 578(1) (after the note)

Add:

Note 2:       A decision that the Director of Biosecurity is taken to have made because of subsection 541A(5) is not a decision made by the Director of Biosecurity personally (see subsection 541A(6)).

Imported Food Control Act 1992

10  At the end of section 7A

Add:

•      Decisions in relation to the issue of food control certificates and imported food inspection advices and the manner for dealing with food that has been identified as failing food may be made by computer programs.

11  At the end of Part 2

Add:

Division 4 Other matters

20A   Computerised decision-making

             (1)  The Secretary may arrange for the use, under the Secretary’s control, of computer programs for any purposes for which an authorised officer may or must:

                     (a)  make a decision under section 12, subsection 14(1) or subsection 20(2), (3) or (4); or

                     (b)  exercise any power or comply with any obligation related to making a decision referred to in paragraph (a); or

                     (c)  do anything else related to making a decision referred to in paragraph (a), or related to exercising a power or complying with an obligation referred to in paragraph (b).

             (2)  The Secretary is taken to have:

                     (a)  made a decision; or

                     (b)  exercised a power or complied with an obligation; or

                     (c)  done something else related to the making of a decision or exercise of a power or compliance with an obligation;

that was made, exercised, complied with or done by the operation of a computer program under an arrangement made under subsection (1).

             (3)  The Secretary must take reasonable steps to ensure that decisions ( electronic decisions ) made by the operation of a computer program under an arrangement made under subsection (1) are consistent with the object of this Act.

             (4)  The Secretary must take reasonable steps to ensure that an electronic decision is based on grounds on the basis of which an authorised officer could have made that decision. However, an electronic decision may be made without any state of mind being formed in relation to a matter to which the decision relates.

             (5)  An authorised officer may make a decision in substitution for an electronic decision if an authorised officer is satisfied that:

                     (a)  the electronic decision is not consistent with the object of this Act; or

                     (b)  another decision is more appropriate in the circumstances.

             (6)  An electronic decision made in relation to food is of no effect to the extent that it is inconsistent with an earlier decision (other than an electronic decision) made in relation to the food by an authorised officer under this Act.

12  Section 41

Before “The Secretary”, insert “(1)”.

13  Section 41

Omit “The Secretary”, substitute “Subject to subsection (2), the Secretary”.

14  At the end of section 41

Add:

             (2)  The Secretary may delegate the Secretary’s powers and functions under section 20A only to an S ES employee, or an acting SES employee, in the Department.

(220/19)